Justin Wilson looks to make most of Indy rides with Andretti Autosport

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Without a full-time ride for this season, Justin Wilson is happy to be back in a race car and to have a ride for at least the next two races.

The Great Britain native will compete in Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500, both for one of the premier teams in the sport, Andretti Autosport.

“It’s great to be back and great to be part of Andretti Autosport and looking forward to the month,” the 35-year-old Wilson said during a recent IndyCar press conference. “It’s been a long off-season, a lot of time thinking about getting back in the car and what it takes and how it’s all going to work.

“I’m just pleased to get it started, and so far it seems good. We just got to take it one step at a time. There’s a lot of work to be done, new body kits, everyone is trying to work them out and get a feel for them and go from there.”

Wilson spent the last three seasons with Dale Coyne Racing, finishing 5th in 2012 (including a win at Texas), 13th in 2013 and 11th in 2014 (no wins in either season but four podium finishes in 2013, and wound up fourth in the first of two races at Belle Isle last season).

Without a full-time ride for 2015, he’s hitting reset somewhat with the two races for Andretti Autosport.

“At first it’s a little strange because you’re with a new team and there’s a lot of changes obviously with the aero kits and all that that’s going on,” he said. “When you switch teams, it’s never easy that first couple of days and that first time in the car, especially when you’re trying to squeeze in the car and get the seat just right and the belts just right and the pedals and everything else.

“It’s just nice to get all that done, and then we can start planning ahead and trying to go quick now. So that was the main focus and, you know, just get settled in.”

Wilson will get his first test with his new team in Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, a warm-up for the Indy 500 just over two weeks later. He has seven career starts in the 500, with a career best of 5th in 2013 and 7th in 2012 and 2010. He finished 12th in last year’s race.

We’ll be focused on how to get the most out of the situation for that GP,” Wilson said. “It’s great. I get to do the GP first and get used to the team and the environment and work everything else out before we get into the rest of the month of May.

“So it’s good to be part of this team, this organization, being with all the drivers. Everyone is working well together … but I think it’s going to be a good month and hopefully whatever works out between the aero kits and Chevrolet and Honda, whatever happens, hopefully we can have a good month.”

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Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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